Don't Trip, put Down the Dip

Gracie and Donna

Risks of chewing smokeless tobacco

  • primary cause of mouth and throat cancer
  • abrasion of teeth
  • gum recession
  • bone loss
  • higher risk of pancreatic cancer
  • just as hard to quit as cigarettes

Statistics

  • 8,000 people die from complications of chewing in America annually
  • 22% of high schoolers chew
  • chew has 28 carcinogens
  • users have 50% higher risk of mouth and throat cancer
  • 600,000 women over 12 chew in America
  • 8-10 dips a day is equivalent to 30-40 cigarettes a day

Ways to Quit

  • quitting all at once (cold turkey)
  • Beef jerky
  • Shredded coconut
  • Dried fruit
  • Raisins
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Hard candy
  • Sugarless gum